Freedom of Information Law or FOIL is a law enacted in New York State which ensures public access on request to records including legislature created and maintained by state governmental agencies. Freedom of Information Act or FOIA is the federal equivalent of FOIL and its precursor. FOIA and FOIL are usually used by journalists and activists of social cause to bring out the truth in many cases of corruption, mishandled deals, mistakes and high handedness in governance etc.
In immigration related problems also, there is a great value for this law or act. In many cases of removal proceedings and other immigration related works you are expected to produce a large amount of documents and certificates which prove your date of entry and exit to and from U.S. and also many copies of earlier hearings and interview with USCIS etc. So as to stand a fair chance in your removal proceedings and other interviews, the presence of all the documents proving your innocence and right dealings regarding immigration laws etc. are needed. For obtaining many of these documents you may need to use a FOIA or FOIL request for getting the same with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or U.S. Department Of state (DOS)or Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) component agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is needed. Without proper legal knowledge on immigration laws and Freedom of Information Laws and Acts, it would be very difficult to handle such tasks.
In such cases you need the help of an expert legal team experienced in immigration laws and FOIA/FOIL. At Gavlin & Associates, P.C. , NY we are such an expert legal team who will guide and assist you through the whole FOIA request and get you the needed documents with ease and help you win your immigration battle.